Ajyal Film Festival 2024

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Drop by Drop (Água Mole)

Ajyal Competition

Alexandra Ramires (Xá), Laura Gonçalves / Short Documentary / Portugal / 2017 / 10 min / Black & White / DCP
In Portuguese / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Animation, Documentary


An eidolon-like animated documentary that is based on real-life interviews with people who were left behind after the unfortunate desertification of Portugal's countryside. ‘Drop by Drop’ is an exquisite combination of hand-drawn animation and audio documentary to form a record of the last inhabitants of a dying village as they ponder the ultimate fate of their home and the legacy they leave.

About the Directors

Laura Gonçalves worked for Sardinha Em Lata Studio as an animator and final artist on 'Journey to Cape Verde' directed by José Miguel Ribeiro. In 2012, she completed the MA Degree in Animation at the College of Bournemouth, where she directed her first animation short 'Three Weeks in December'.

Alexandra Ramires (Xá) graduated from the faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lisbon. Since 2013, she has been working at Bando à Parte studios where she collaborated on the films 'Soot' by David Doutel and 'Vasco Sá' and 'End of Line' by Paulo D’Alva.


Alexandra Ramires (Xá), Laura Gonçalves
Alexandra Ramires (Xá), Carolina Freitas, Laura Gonçalves
Rodrigo Areias
Alexandra Ramires (Xá), Laura Gonçalves
Nico Tricot, Ricardo Santos Rocha
Production Company
Bando à Parte
Pedro Marinho, Pedro Ribeiro
Animation: Alexandra Ramires (Xá), Cátia Vidinhas, Inês Teixeira, Laura Gonçalves, Pedro de Almeida
Voice Over: Conceição Esteves, Diamantino, Fernando Escaleira, Horácia Alves

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